Editor's Note: Throughout postseason play, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Jill Wunrow will provide "Postseason Props" to a Phoenix player/players she feels provided a spark in Green Bay's most recent game.
NCAA Tournament, First Round (5) Green Bay 59, (12) UALR 55 - The first round game of the NCAA Tournament between No. 5 seed Green Bay (33-1) and No. 12 seed UALR (23-8) lived up to its expectations as a physical contest with Green Bay being the tougher team in the end.
The player that was the toughest for the Phoenix was by far Kayla Tetschlag (Sheboygan, Wis.) who has now been given the nickname "Ms. March" because of her performances in the NCAA Tournament. Tetschlag led all players with 24 points and 11 rebounds in Green Bay's 59-55 win over UALR.
"The bigger the game the bigger her performance," said head coach Matt Bollant about Tetschlag's ninth double-double performance of the season. "Every time we needed a big bucket or a big play, she always stepped up."
Tetschlag poured in 10 points while grabbing five rebounds, playing the entire first half as the Phoenix led 28-23 at the break. On the defensive end Tetschlag was matched up against UALR standout Chastity Reed who was held to just five points and three rebounds in the opening half.
Early in the second half (18:13), Reed picked up her third foul as Green Bay led by four (30-26) and Tetschlag continued to attack the basket. "I don't think her third foul affected my decisions, we just had gotten a couple layups off our secondary break earlier and we just continued to get it inside," said Tetschlag. "We knew she was a scorer but we were going to try and make her defend too."
Despite Green Bay being outscored 9-2 in the first four and a half minutes of the second half, Tetschlag continued to carry the Phoenix scoring Green Bay's next eight points including a layup with 9:32 to play, giving the Phoenix its final lead of the contest.
"We are a really talented team so I knew my girls were right behind me and I can't explain why I play the way I do in the tournament." Tetschlag said. "I guess I just get those extra butterflies before the game that gets me going."
Tetschlag in the NCAA Tournament...Green Bay's game against UALR was the second-consecutive NCAA Tournament game the Co-Horizon League Player of the Year poured in 24 points or more. Throughout her four-career NCAA Tournament games, Tetschlag scored a combined 83 points, averaging 20.7 per contest.
NCAA Tournament Program Records... The Phoenix broke one program record while UALR tied or broke five opponent records in the NCAA Tournament. Green Bay committed only 10 fouls throughout the game for the second time this season. The Phoenix held UALR to 23 points in the first half which is a program low for a Green Bay opponent. In addition, UALR's four free throws, six free-throw attempts and 28 rebounds were the fewest by a Green Bay opponent in the NCAA Tournament while its 21 fouls tied the most by an opponent.
Team Tops the Charts... Green Bay is having its best season in program history, winning 33 games. With its 18 assists against UALR, Green Bay now has 687 assists on the season, the most in program history in a single season of play. In addition, the Phoenix set a single-season record (417) with its six steals in the contest and eight made free-throws, totaling 507 on the year.
(5) Green Bay (33-1) will face (4) Michigan State (27-5) in Tuesday's second round game at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.